August 23, 2012

Today you should read: Psalm 130

When I was in college, there was a time when I remember being unable to sleep and crying out to the Lord. My soul was so troubled. I had sinned against a close friend through an unkept promise. At the time, I didn’t think it was a big deal. But then he shared with me how hurt he was. I was crushed. I knew in my heart that, not only did I sin against him, I sinned against the Lord.

My heart was so bothered. I couldn’t fall asleep. I spent the night ask the Lord for forgiveness and guidance. Have you been there before? Maybe it was something between you and God. Or maybe it was a situation like mine when you let a friend or family member down. Regardless, if you’ve been there, this resonates with you.

Today’s psalm of ascent reminded me of that situation, especially in the first 2 verses:

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! (Psalm 130:1-2 ESV)

Even though I knew God was there and that He was more than willing to forgive, my heart still cried out to Him. I knew that I needed Him. I felt desperate. My guilt overwhelmed me. This is where the next few verses echoed my heart:

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:3-4 ESV)

I often revisit this psalm and others when I feel spiritually frustrated. Since there is a “psalm for every sigh of the heart (Don Whitney), I know that when I open these scripture songs, they often say what my heart feels. God is so good. His Word is a clear portrayal of His goodness to us.

Church: what passages or verses minister to you when you’re in spiritual distress? This is definitely one for me.

Posted by Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “August 23, 2012”

  1. The “longing” I feel from this Psalm is almost overwhelming. Crying out for God from the depths of our beings brings out the best in God. He responds and we are changed. To God be the glory!

  2. It is so refreshing to reread verses that God used in my life in the past. I recall when in distress quoting the following verses again and again while walking down the street when in turmoil. When there is nothing we can do about situations I have this hope–
    vs. 5-6I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
    I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

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